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Parliament may open doors to interns

Parliament may open doors to interns

CPI-M has approached Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha with the idea of letting law grads intern in House.

New Delhi: Students and politics have long been a potent combination in India’s political scene. Of late, this equation has been taken to newer, unexplored levels. It all began with the Communist Party of India letting a student from Indian Institute of Management intern in their research office.

And now, the Left party has managed another first. Students at the prestigious National Law School in Bangalore could soon be rubbing shoulders with the country's lawmakers in Parliament.

The would-be legal eagles had earlier approached the CPI-M expressing their interest to intern at the party's headquarters.

The party's Rajya Sabha MP Sitaram Yechury in turn wrote to Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee and Rajya Sabha chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat seeking permission to let students intern with Parliament.

"I thought this was the best platform to have close look at the process of law,” said Yechury.

In India, lawyers are no strangers to politics. From Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru to today's Kapil Sibal and Arun Jaitley, legal brains have taken prominent places in Parliament and even in the government.

In fact, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee is a lawyer himself.

These law students will get ideal exposure in the current scheme of things. With the judiciary and the legislature on a collision course, they will get a first-hand experience of what compulsions and populist concerns drive politicians to enacting controversial laws and why some of those laws often come under judicial scanner.

And who knows, maybe the politicians may want to try and make some of these future judges see their point of view.

first published:April 12, 2007, 19:41 IST